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RB Tarik Cohen - Chicago Bears

5-6, 179Born: 7-26-1995College: North Carolina A&TDrafted: Round 4

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Cohen is going to remain a central part of the Bears offense, especially in the passing game. Jordan Howard had his arm in a sling after the Week 2 loss to the Bucs, so Cohen could be the lead back against the Steelers this week.

Week 3: vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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FBG says: Bad matchup. It's been a rough early going for 2016 rookie sensation Jordan Howard. After averaging 5.21 yards per rush last year, he sits at just 2.68 through 2 games, includes a thoroughly invisible Week 2 against Tampa Bay (9 rushes, 7 yards). The shift is definitely puzzling. Howard was no inflated pseudostar in 2016; rather, he was fantastic, forcing gobs of missed tackles and churning out the league's third-most runs of 15+ yards despite a shaky line. But things are certainly different in 2017. Facing stacked boxes - and sharing snaps with explosive rookie Tarik Cohen - Howard has yet to get off the ground. We can expect some degree of improvement going forward, of course, and he'll benefit from the impending return of guard Kyle Long. But it's fair to take note of the fact that Howard was an underwhelming athletic prospect just a year ago, and to expect marked regression from his rookie season. The Pittsburgh run defense has been stout thus far. They swarmed the Browns' elite front line in Week 1, allowing their running backs just 40 yards on 20 carries. In Week 2, Vikings rookie Dalvin Cook found more room, racking up 5.33 yards per carry, but the only notable breakdown was one 25-yard run. The Steelers are a bit shakier without Stephon Tuitt, whose biceps injury held him out of the Vikings game. Tuitt is a true difference-maker against both the pass and the run, and Tyson Alualu is a relatively weak replacement. Still, the linebackers are solid up the middle, and safety Mike Mitchell remains strong in run support.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs ATL 28 5 66 0 12 8 47 1 0 17.3
2 at TB 40 7 13 0 9 8 55 0 1 5.8
3 vs PIT PROJ-Dodds * 8 * * 6 * * * *
3 vs PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 8 * * 7 * * * *
3 vs PIT PROJ-Bloom * 6 * * 7 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs TB (7 / 13 / 0 rush, 9 / 8 / 55 / 0 rec)

Tarik Cohen followed up his monster Week 1 effort with a pretty decent effort in the 29-7 Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the rookie only gained 13 yards on seven carries, his impact was felt most in the passing game where he caught eight of nine targets for 55 yards. He did lose a fumble, let's not forget to mention that as well. There's little doubt this kid can play, but he's going to get killed playing at the rate he's currently playing. What makes Cohen so dangerous is the element of surprise when he's on the field with Jordan Howard. Sadly, though, Howard has been brutal thus far through two weeks and looked to be somewhat injured. The Bears have been relying on Cohen to be the bell-cow back, and he's not that kind of player. He's not built to be that kind of player. Cohen will continue to be a great PPR asset, but keep in mind that he's only going to wear down the more touches he receives.

2017 Week 1 vs ATL (5 / 66 / 0 rush, 12 / 8 / 47 / 1 rec)

Welcome to the NFL, Mr. Cohen. Wow. Just wow. OK, sure, he didn't run for 200 yards or score something ridiculous like four touchdowns, but he most certainly was a whirling dervish every time he touched the ball. Cohen carried the ball five times for 66 yards and caught eight passes on 12 targets for 47 yards and a touchdown. Cohen's best play came on a run left that quickly broke down and turned into a run right. Cohen's quick decision to turn it back right was the only decision to make, one that resulted in the rookie beating every Falcon defender to the edge. Cohen ended up with a 46 yard gain on the plan. Cohen was everywhere in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Falcons. He saw crucial snaps late in the game as the game was getting tighter, a clear sign that he's earned the trust of this coaching staff. Given the lack of offensive talent elsewhere on the roster, there's no doubt that Cohen will be leaned upon for output, heavy output, for that matter. If Cohen still is available in your league, especially a PPR league, it would make sense to throw a hefty amount of change in order to secure him this season.

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Latest News

Bears | Tarik Cohen taking his time (Tue Sep 19, 11:33 PM) - Chicago Bears rookie RB Tarik Cohen is averaging 6.6 yards per carry on his 12 rushing attempts through two games but is spending an average of 4.17 seconds per run before crossing the line of scrimmage - nearly a full second more than any other player in league with at least 10 carries this season.

Our View: That's an unusual stat but it shows how Cohen is patient when waiting for his runs to develop. It also shows how many of his carries go outside the tackles (no6 in the NFL with nine carries outside the tackles in 2017). No matter the time, Cohen has shown that he's worth getting the ball to in many different ways. His speed and playmaking ability give him flex appeal every week no matter the matchup.
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Bears | Tarik Cohen finishes with 68 total yards (Sun Sep 17, 04:29 PM) - Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen caught eight passes for 55 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2. He also rushed for 13 yards on seven carries.

Our View: Cohen also had a costly muffed punt. He did remain heavily involved in the passing game for PPR points and he was more effective than Jordan Howard. He'll be a PPR RB2 and non-PPR flex against the Steelers next week.
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Bears | Tarik Cohen steals the show in Week 1 (Sun Sep 10, 06:30 PM) - Chicago Bears rookie RB Tarik Cohen rushed five times for a team-high 66 yards and he added eight receptions for a team-best 47 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against Atlanta.

Our View: Cohen will be maybe the hottest waiver wire pickup of the week and for good reason. This should be a running back by committee in Chicago with Cohen getting a ton of targets to pick up the slack for a pass offense that lost its top two receivers.
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Schedule

3vs Pittsburgh Steelers
4@ Green Bay Packers
5vs Minnesota Vikings
6@ Baltimore Ravens
7vs Carolina Panthers
8@ New Orleans Saints
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs Green Bay Packers
11vs Detroit Lions
12@ Philadelphia Eagles
13vs San Francisco 49ers
14@ Cincinnati Bengals
15@ Detroit Lions
16vs Cleveland Browns
17@ Minnesota Vikings